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Son Named Primary Suspect in Cape San Blas Woman's Death

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Besides the occasional crashing of waves, or a nail and hammer, Cape San Blas is devoid of any real commotion. But, late in the afternoon on Sunday all that changed. 

"It's just shocking," said Janet Warren, a neighbor. "It's just so sad and shocking."

Investigators armed with cameras and crime scene tape scoured the house of 51-year-old Renee Coffey Sunday night leaving neighbors and visitors stunned.

"I was amazed," said Robert Ferguson, a visitor to the Cape. "I would never have thought anything like that would occur out here -- it so quiet and seems so peaceful." 

Authorities say her son 23-year-old Jarrod Slick is the prime suspect in Coffey's death. Slick is currently being held on an unrelated arson charge from 2012.  

"It just shows that you don't know where things can happen," said Warren. "Because, it is a very peaceful community."
Sheriff Mike Harrison of the Gulf County Sheriff's Office says the incident is like the barrier island itself -- isolated -- and doesn't accurately reflect the nature of the quiet community.

"Relatively speaking it is a quiet community out there," said Harrison. "It's unfortunate that it would occur there.... it's unfortunate that it would occur anywhere." 

Harrison is not releasing how Coffey died or what her injuries were only saying that their investigation will be thorough and that they are working all angles.  

"There's no public threat out there," said Harrison. "This once again was an isolated incident that we believe the prime suspect has been detained." 

"I've lived out here for 30 years," said Warren. "Nothing like this has ever even remotely happened before."
 
"It's just a very sad sign of the times I think." 

Slick was released on bond for the arson charge in 2012.  Coffey paid that bond and with her death Slick's bond was revoked. He was detained and remains in the Gulf County Jail.